Thursday, September 3, 2009


Got an elk roast in the pressure cooker right now--planning on chilling overnight and taking to work to slice tomorrow for (elk) ox roast.  This will be my second elk experiment (the first was meatballs and they were fabulous).

Tonight it's Beechwood for dinner!

P.S.  The elk ox roast was devine--here's what I did:  Rub roast all over with 'beef rub' that I get from work (some kind of au jus mix, I'm sure the stuff from the store would be fine) and let sit in fridge for 8 hours or so.  Throw roast in pressure cooker with some water, beef boullion and garlic and cook for 20 min for approx 2 lb roast.  Refrigerate overnight and slice cold so you can get *really* thin slices.  Warm up in cooking liquid and serve on fresh rolls.  For super special sandwiches, spread rolls with butter and garlic and grill, cut side down, until lightly browned.  Spread meat with horseradish, top with provolone or swiss cheese, broil until cheese gets bubbly and serve with lots of au jus for dipping.    

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Bread Machine

Dug out my bread machine yesterday but I don't have any favorite recipes for it.  I'd love to find a recipe (machine or by hand) for the bread they used to serve at Spinner McGee's Steakhouse in Erie.  It was dark brown (between rye and pumpernickel) and had grated veggies and herbs in it.  I've tried many times to duplicate it but never succeeded.  I'd also like to find a good sweet bread (something with fruit or choc chips, maybe?) to put in the machine at night and have ready in the morning for breakfast.

Here's one I have bookmarked to try...I think it needs some shredded cheddar, though...

Baked Potato Bread (bread machine) (2000)
1 1/2 Pound Loaf

3/4 cup warm water
1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
1 tablespoon canola oil
3 tablespoons bacon bits
3 cups bread flour
1 1/2 tablespoons nonfat dry milk
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons potato flakes
3 tablespoons chives, freeze-dried
2 teaspoons yeast -- fast rise
3 teaspoons active dry yeast

Add ingredients according to particular bread machine. Bake using the white or rapid bake cycles.

This dough can be very dry so resist the urge to add water.